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Board Structure

The effective operation of a museum is based on a well-functioning board that has a strong working relationship with the museum’s director. The board’s structure and composition help it fulfill its role and live up to the community’s expectations.

The Alliance has compiled this set of board structure resources from amongst its own offerings as well as those throughout the nonprofit and museum sector.

Alliance Resources

Composition of the Governing Authority

The Alliance shares standards on the composition, roles, and responsibilities of boards.

Museum Board Leadership 2017: A National Report

The Museum Board Leadership Report grades boards on a wide variety of policies, practices, and performance. The survey was conducted in partnership with BoardSource and Northern Trust.

Other Resources

Nonprofit Law Basics: Can the Executive Director Serve on the Board of Directors?

This blog post from the Cullinane Law Group discusses the potential conflict of interest involved if the executive director or CEO serves as a voting member of the board.

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